Women of Distinction
St. Mary’s Academy will commemorate Black History Month by recognizing the successes and accomplishments of twelve notable African American females. The Women of Distinction Awards will take place on Thursday, February 28, 1:15pm in the school’s gymnasium located at 6905 Chef Menteur Blvd.
“Women are often not given the true recognition they deserve as current day pioneers and trailblazers in our community,” said director of Student Affairs Lisa Ross who is coordinating the event. This tribute, held during Black History Month, pays homage to women for their unrelenting and inspirational persistence. We should always be reminded of their strengths, talents, and their determination to see others uplifted and enriched.”
The honorees are: Latoya Cantrell-Mayor of New Orleans; nationally acclaimed restaurateur, and author Leah Chase; Magistrate Judge Dana Douglas; OperaCréole founders Givonna Joseph & Aria Mason; biochemist Dr. Trivia Frazier; Tekrema Center for Art and Culture founder and director Greer Mendy; UNCF vice-president, Development Therese Badon; CPA, author Kemberley Washington; Louisiana Weekly publisher Renette Dejoie Hall; New Orleans Fashion Week founder Tracee Dundas; and high school fashion designer Amaya Johne`Cannon.
The program will also include student performances, honoree remarks and a fashion show segment featuring the designs of honoree Amaya Johne` Cannon.